|NBA Draft’s Potential Celtics: Croatian PF/C Leon Radosevic||06.17.12 at 7:50 pm ET|
As part of WEEI.com’s coverage of the 2012 NBA draft, we are profiling all players considered likely candidates to be drafted June 28. The Celtics own three picks: 21, 22 (from the Thunder in the Kendrick Perkins trade) and 51.
Position: Power forward/center
Team: Armani Milano (Italy)
Weight: 240 pounds
Achievements: Member of the Croatian junior national team
Key 2011-12 stats: 3.9 points, 1.9 rebounds, 59.4 FG%
What he brings: Radosevic is the ideal size for an NBA big man and possesses a good basketball IQ and offensive game that is NBA ready. He can step away from inside the paint with ease for a big man, can run the pick and roll easily also owns an array of moves under the basket.
Defensively, however, Radosevic doesn’t have much strength and has trouble against more physical players. He gives up far too much space and lacks the ability to cut off driving, aggressive scorers. He’s also not a very prolific rebounder, as he gets banged around under the basket. Radosevic is not very athletic at all and he’ll likely need to be more active if he wants to become a quality, role-playing big man at the next level.
Radosevic was originally an early entry candidate for the 2011 NBA draft, but he withdrew after suffering a foot injury during the Adidas Eurocamp.
Where the Celtics could get him: If Radosevic gets drafted, it’s expected to be late in the second round.
Notes: Radosevic participated as part of the Croatian national team in FIBA Junior Team competition from 2006-10. In 2006, his team won fourth at the U-16 European Championships. His team won bronze in the 2008 U-18 European Championships and 2009 U-19 World Championships, respectively, and in 2010 finished fourth at the U-20 European Championships.
In 2010-11, Radosevic was a major contributor with Cibona Zagreb in Croatia, averaging 12.3 points and 5.1 rebounds in Adriatic League games and 12.9 points and 6.3 rebounds in nine Euroleague games. After withdrawing from the 2011 NBA draft, he signed with Armani Milano in Italy and saw his stats substantially diminish due to Milano’s depth and veteran-filled roster.
Video: Here are some highlights of Radosevic that feature his mid-range jumper.